The Quailblazer Times

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Have you read the latest issue of 
The Quailblazer Times, our school newsletter? This is a short, online newsletter, filled with interesting articles, art and stories by students and lots of pics! We even have a monthly recipe! If you haven't seen it, please check it out.



Getting Ready

New colored pencils!
This is just one of the many hundreds, if not thousands, of new supplies we receive in preparation for the new school year.

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Korey sorted all the lovely colors and put them all away. Ahhhh, there is nothing like new pencils.

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Beautifully satisfying!



Phases of the Moon

Yesterday, the kindergartners had a sweet time learning about the phases of the moon.

paper plate with oreo cookies as moon phases

They scraped off the Oreo cream to mimic each moon phase and then...


...they glued each finished cookie half to a paper plate. Sally then labeled each of the phases for them.


It’s all pretty self explanatory but if you want more detailed instructions, with a lesson plan for older children, here is a link at



The Barter Game

A week or so before the Thanksgiving break, I took a few photos of the early elementary, level two and level three students, playing the Barter Game. First they read “The Story of Money” and answered questions about what they learned from the book. The book explains how bartering was the stepping stone for money. They learned about need vs want and how they can trade something they have in excess for something they need or want.


They are given guidelines about what their village needs and they determine trade quantities for the different items. They used chips of different colors to represent different Goods; white chips = vegetables, red chips = meat, skins and wool, blue chips = tools, etc. Black chips represent different Services, such as village defense and cultural enlightenment (art & paintings or performances).They set up their “shops” and then traded away. ~Dana





Historical Person Day

Yesterday was Halloween, but at Children’s House it means something more...Historical Person Day! Every year, on October 31, our upper elementary students dress up as a person from history, living or dead. Before the big day, the children research and write a report about the person they have chosen. On the 31st, they present a short, first-person speech, in costume, to parents, classmates and staff. The life stories they tell are sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes hilarious and always thought provoking. We ALL look forward to this day.

This year, we were so proud of and entertained by this illustrious group:
FRONT ROW, left to right:
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (Ruysser), Steve Jobs (Anne), James Dean (David), John Lennon (Landon), Ole Kirk Christiansen (Houston), Dorothea Lange (Marina), Bruce Lee (Jamie)
Marilyn Monroe (Olivia), Martha Graham (Sophia), Marie Curie (Vivian), Vasco da Gama (Antonio), Bill Gates (Orion), Cleopatra (Ashley), Shaka Zulu (Zachary)
Beatrix Potter (Teddy), Mother Teresa (Season), Ivan Pavlov (Paris), Thomas Edison (Brayden), Dr. Seuss (Ethan), Leonardo da Vinci (Trey), Pallas Athena (Aspen), Bethany Hamilton (Emma)




I’m sorry I have not posted for so long! Those quiet summer days have been replaced by laughing, singing, dancing much more fun then the boredom of August! As we come to the end of four weeks in session, I’m sure you have all seen how crazy busy it has been at Children’s House.

We have had a few new and exciting things happening around here; in honor of International Peace Day on September 21, Korey came up with the idea of “buddies” and assigned all the elementary children a younger child or two, to be special friends.


First, we had a little peace ceremony on the playground. We lit a candle and all the children (sans toddler) sang “Light a Candle for Peace”. After singing, Korey read out all the names for each pair/trio of buddies and the children found each other and spent a little time getting to know one another. At the risk of sounding corny, it really was kind of magical.


If you have not had a chance to see the buddy photos, drawings and acrostic poems on the bulletin board, please take a moment to check them out. We think they’re pretty special. ~Dana



Reinventing Education

I think it is safe to say, the public education system in our country is in trouble. As supporters of the Montessori philosophy, we often think to ourselves, “...if only someone would look to Montessori for answers.” In his article, What’s Involved in Reinventing Education?, Steve Denning, contributing editor at Forbes, does just that. He gives succinct explanations (including circular flow charts) why our traditional methods are not working and gives detailed steps needed for changing the system. We highly recommend this article for parents, staff and anyone concerned about education. The last two sentences of this article only help to reinforce what we do at Children’s House. ~Dana